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Data: U.S. School Buildings:

Age, Condition, and Spending


How well are America’s public school buildings and other facilities holding up? How much is the nation spending to build and maintain them? Is it enough? And just who’s bearing the costs?


Here’s some data to fuel that discussion gleaned from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Department of Education, and a 2016 joint report from the 21st Century School Fund, the National Council on School Facilities, and the Center for Green Schools.


Related: Special Report: The New Schoolhouse: Building Facilities That Work







Overall Condition






Maintenance & Operation Spending






SOURCES: National Center for Education Statistics; "State of Our Schools, 2016" 21st Century School Fund, National Council on School Facilities, Center for Green Schools; Education Week Research Center

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Vol. 37, Issue 14

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